Nowadays, GoPro and iPhone are two great cameras for recording your outdoor adventures. It’s a big question who wins in photo, video quality and vlogging: GoPro vs iPhone.

In this article, you’ll learn the difference between GoPro vs iPhone cameras and by the end of it you’ll have a clear idea of whether you need a separate camera like a GoPro for capturing your life.

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GoPro Hero 11 vs iPhone 14 Pro


The GoPro Hero 11 and iPhone 14 Pro are two of the most popular cameras for capturing high-quality videos and photos. Both devices come with their unique features and strengths, and it’s essential to compare their attributes to determine which one is better suited for your needs.

Specifications iPhone 14 ProGoPro Hero 11 Black
Weight206 grams153 grams
Dimensions5.81 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches2.64 x 1.34 x 1.85 inches
Screen SizeFront: 6.1 inchRear: 2.27-inch
Front: 1.4-inch
Front Displayall‑screen OLED displayColor Display
Image Sensor48MP27MP 1/1.9-inch CMOS sensor
Resolution4K@24/25/30/60fps
1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps
10-bit HDR
Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps)
ProRes, Cinematic mode (4K@24/30fps)
5.3K60, 4K120 + 2.7K240 Wide FOV 16:9, 4:3, 8:7 aspect ratios
Image Stabilizationsecond-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilisationHyperSmooth 5.0
BatteryLi-Ion 3200 mAh1720mAh
WaterproofYes, Upto 6m (for 30 mins)Yes, Up to 10m

Stabilization

In terms of video stabilization, the Hero 11 provides brilliant stabilization with the introduction of Hypersmooth 5.0, along with Horizon Lock to ensure footage remains steady even if you rotate the camera 360 degrees. The introduction of Active Mode in iPhone 14 Pro aims to provide the same level of stabilization as in the GoPro action cameras. While the Hero 11 is better for video stabilization, the iPhone 14 Pro does a fairly good job. However, to use the Action Mode, the resolution must be lowered to 2.8K at 30 or 60fps.

Video Quality

The iPhone 14 Pro is capable of recording videos in cinematic mode at up to 4K resolution at 30fps and 60fps. The GoPro Hero 11, featuring the 1/1.9-inch sensor, enables the cameras to record up to 5.3K resolution videos at 60 fps, and it can shoot still shots at 27MP. In comparison, the iPhone 14 Pro offers the same at 48MP. The footage from the GoPro has more saturation and contrast due to its 10-bit color grade. Still, the video quality in iPhone 14 is quite good as well, offering good video sharpness and a dynamic outlook. The nighttime footage is better with iPhone 14 Pro when compared to Hero 11.

Sound

There are two microphones in the iPhone 14 Pro. One can be found at the top of the iPhone, next to the headphone jack, designed to help with noise cancellation while on the phone, and the other placed at the bottom of the device like the rest of the iPhone models. On the other hand, the GoPro Hero 11 features a built-in directional mic for enhanced voice capture, a 3.5mm mic port, HDMI-out for playback on external monitors, plus two cold-shoe mounts for lights, LCD screens, or additional mics. When comparing the sound quality of both outdoors, there is no doubt that GoPro Hero 11 beats iPhone 14 Pro in every aspect.

Read more on their comparison in the article: GoPro Hero 11 vs iPhone 14 Pro: Which Camera is Better

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GoPro Hero 10 vs iPhone 13 Pro


First and foremost, let’s have a look at the specifications of both:

CategoryGoPro Hero 10 BlackiPhone 13 Pro
Sensor Size23.6MPRear: 12MP (3 Lenses)
Front: 12MP
Resolution5.3K/60FPS,
4K/120FPS,
2.7K/240FPS
4K / 24, 25, 30, 60fps
1080p / 25, 30, 60fps
720p / 30 fps
Slow Motion5.3K - 2x,
4K/2.7K - 4x,
1080p - 8x
1080p / 120, 240fps
StabilizationHyperSmooth 4.0Cinematic video stabilisation (4K, 1080p and 720p)
WaterproofUp to 10m (33ft)Up to 4m (13 feet) for maximum 30 minutes - IP68
Wide Angle FOVSuper Wide: ƒ/1.8 aperture/170°Ultra Wide: ƒ/1.8 aperture/120°

Wide: ƒ/1.5 aperture
FlashNoTrue Tone flash with Slow Sync

You must have noticed that specs-wise both the cameras look amazing and quite similar. But here, we’re comparing a premium phone and a rugged camera for your adventures – the products are quite different that way.

Stabilization

When filming while walking or running, stabilization is crucial to prevent camera shake and ensure smooth footage. Luckily, both the latest iPhone and GoPro models offer impressive image stabilization capabilities. The GoPro Hero 10 Black feature HyperSmooth Stabilization, which provides incredibly stable footage. On the other hand, the iPhone 13 Pro boasts an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) feature in addition to Electronic Stabilization, making for excellent stabilization during filming.

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GoPro Hero 8 vs iPhone 11 Pro


To begin with, let’s take a look at the specifications of both devices:

CategoryGoPro Hero 8 BlackiPhone 11 Pro
Sensor Size12 MPRear: 12 MP (3 Lenses)
Front: 12 MP
Resolution4K - 60/50/30/25/24 fps
2.7K - 60/50/30/25/24 fps
4K - 20/30/60 fps
1080p - 30/60 fps
720p - 30fps
Slow Motion2.7K - 240/100 fps
1080p, 960p, 720p - 240/200 fps
1080p - 120/240 fps
StabilizationHyperSmooth 2.0Cinematic video stabilisation (4K, 1080p and 720p)
WaterproofUp to 10m (33ft)Up to 4m (13 feet) for maximum 30 minutes - IP68
Wide Angle FOVSuperView: 16mm
Wide: 16-34mm
Ultra Wide: 13mm/120°
Wide: 26mm
FlashNoQuad-LED dual-tone flash

It’s worth noting that while the specs of both cameras may appear impressive and somewhat similar, it’s important to remember that we are comparing a premium phone to a rugged camera designed for adventures. As such, the two products are quite different in their intended use and design.

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GoPro vs iPhone: Feature Comparison


Here’s the feature-wise comparison of iPhone and GoPro. Let’s see how these products perform when you compare the key features of both.

Stabilization

The latest iPhone and GoPro models have a great Image Stabilization capability. iPhone 14 Pro uses both Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Stabilization, whereas GoPro Hero 10 Black uses its advanced Hypersmooth Stabilization that produces super stable footages even in the worst shaky conditions and without gimbals.

However, the image stabilization on iPhone is only good enough to slow down a slight shake of the hand. It isn’t even in the same league as the GoPro, especially when you talk about action videos. The shots were taken by the iPhone look much more unsettled, especially with fast movements. In contrast, the GoPro has a set focus even in extremely shaky situations, thanks to its outstanding HyperSmooth stabilization. So, if you are planning to shoot action videos, GoPro is definitely better than any iPhone.

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Design & Durability

GoPro is considerably less bulky and more compact than an iPhone. Being the default ‘outdoor adventure camera’, GoPro has a rugged exterior and simple & focused feature set making it the perfect companion when dirt and mud are calling!

But, you can not say the same about the latest generation, or in fact any iPhone. If you drop the iPhone 13 Pro on the floor, its screen will most likely be broken. That’s definitely not the case with a GoPro. So again, for any action, sport and adventure shooting, a GoPro is more ideal than an iPhone.

Waterproof

The latest GoPro models are waterproof in true sense. You don’t need an additional housing to protect them from water, they’re inherently made to be waterproof (up to 33ft or 10 meters). So, you can dive with a GoPro in the sea and capture perfect quality videos and photos.

Theoretically, even the iPhone (X, 11, 12, 13,14) is waterproof! But, even Apple’s latest iPhone models are only splash-proof or waterproof just by a couple of meters of depth (IP68 certification).

So, if you are planning on recoding beach videos or underwater videos, a GoPro will be more indicated. An iPhone is good for recording vlogs at the beach or at the pool. But not it’s not so indicated for snorkeling or diving videos.

Also check out: GoPro Underwater Guide

hero 11 underwater.jpg

Time-Lapse

GoPro and iPhone both have time-lapse video. GoPro offers perfect time-lapse shots while moving, without any noticeable shakes (TimeWrap). But, if you want to take a time-lapse video on your iPhone while moving, the video won’t be as smooth as GoPro’s. If you compare the two, iPhone 14 Pro’s hyper lapses (while moving) look much more unsettled, especially with fast movements. Also, the night-lapse mode works like a charm in the GoPro, which is sadly not available on the iPhone.

Also check out: GoPro Time Lapse For Beginners

GoPro Hero 10 Time Lapse

Start-up

If you already own an iPhone and use it, most likely you’re already familiar with this process. The iPhone camera is always just a quick swipe away. With GoPro, once you’re familiar with its few buttons – which one turns the device on and which one takes pictures – you can quickly get good photos and videos in any situation. But, be sure to practice a bit beforehand!

Speed-wise, the iPhone is clearly the winner here. Its camera can be started in fractions of a second via its lock screen. But, GoPro Hero 7 & 8 take about 3 seconds to start up. And, with the GP-2 processor on the Hero 11 Black, GoPro has also upped its game when it comes to processing speed.

Also check out: How to Turn ON / OFF GoPro Cameras [Buttons Explained]

GoPro Manuals

Low-light Photography

It is a known fact that GoPros aren’t the greatest cameras when it comes to low-light or night photography and videography. Although the new generation models have improved a bit in this aspect, it’s still not there! An iPhone, on the other hand, can surprise you with its low-light photography. The presence of a flashlight, combined with a wide aperture that captures more light, works for its advantage.

The latest iPhone models – (X, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)’s primary lenses have a wider aperture as compared to the latest GoPros (Hero 12, 11, 10, 9 Black). Hence, the iPhone performs better than GoPro in low-light conditions.

Also check out: GoPro Low Light Settings

tips on shooting in low light conditions

Extensions & Accessories

All GoPro users know of the large inventory of GoPro mounts available in the market to shoot from different angles. GoPro Hero 8, 9, 10 and 11 Black are no different, with a lot of extensions to choose from. You can attach a GoPro to your car or your bicycle, also on your head or chest for amazing POV shots while hiking. Unfortunately, you can not say the same about the iPhone, where there are fewer accessories available compared to GoPro’s, such as LEDs, selfie sticks, and a few more.

Also check out: The Best GoPro Accessories Kit

iphone gimbal

 

Expandable Storage

An iPhone doesn’t come with expandable storage. You pretty much have to depend upon the in-built storage of your phone. But, in the case of GoPro, the expandable storage via Micro-SD card comes in handy, especially if you’re looking to shoot 4K Footage.

Also check out: 8 Best SD Cards for GoPro

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GoPro vs iPhone For Vlogging


GoPro

With GoPro’s wide-angle lens, the nearly endless number of GoPro accessories and mounts to enhance footage quality, and the possibility of underwater filming, GoPros provide a truly amazing vlogging experience. GoPro Mounts and accessories are your best friend as a vlogger because they can help stabilize the camera and ensure that your video looks appealing to the audience. And since GoPros are quite compact, you can use them in public for vlogging without drawing a whole lot of attention to you.

For vlogging, most people look for a camera with a flip screen, because it’s much easier to control your image when you have a flip screen. It makes you aware of how you look or whether you’re on camera or not. Fortunately, the GoPro Hero 9, 10 &11 feature a front display that lets you see yourself while you’re shooting. It’s a great addition and a breath of fresh air for vloggers.

Also check out: GoPros Good for Vlogging

However, older GoPro models don’t have a flip screen. But, there is a solution if the GoPro that you own doesn’t have such a provision. You can “fake” a flip screen on HERO 4/5/6/7 with this accessory (it’s a mirror, basically):

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iPhone

The main benefit of having a smartphone as your camera is that since your phone is always on your hand, you won’t miss any interesting shots because there’s no time for setting the camera. The iPhone 12, 13 and 14 are a great choice for vlogging. It offers a wider shot with the ultra-wide camera lens that lets you shoot a complete landscape portrait. Therefore, it can be said that the latest iPhones (iPhone 12, 13 and 14) can be used as the best substitute for GoPro for your vlogging and short film.

Also check out: Top 5 iPhone Vlogging Kits to Vlog Like a PRO!

I personally tend to film any casual vlogs and document my day-to-day life with my iPhone camera just because it’s always in my pocket wherever I go, more than my GoPros. Have a look at this perfect Vlogging Equipment for your iPhone:

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Is GoPro Good for Still Photos?


GoPro cameras are primarily designed for capturing action footage, but they can also be used for still photography. While GoPros may not offer the same level of image quality or versatility as a professional DSLR camera, they can produce high-quality still photos in the right conditions.

GoPros have wide-angle lenses that can capture a broad perspective, making them ideal for capturing landscapes, cityscapes, and other wide-angle shots. They also have features like burst mode, time-lapse, and night mode that can help you capture unique still photos.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that GoPros are not ideal for all types of still photography. They may not have the same level of control over shutter speed, aperture, and ISO as a DSLR camera, which can limit their ability to capture certain types of shots. Additionally, their small sensors may not perform as well in low-light conditions as larger cameras.

While GoPros can be used for still photography, they are best suited for capturing action footage and may not offer the same level of image quality and versatility as a professional DSLR camera. If you’re primarily interested in still photography

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Which Camera is Better?


Both GoPro & iPhone cameras are capable of shooting at high resolutions (up to 5K for GoPro & 4K for iPhone), but they don’t necessarily cater to the same user. So, if you are going to use your camera mostly for still photography and for documenting your day-to-day life, then all the latest iPhones (iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone 14) are probably more convenient than a GoPro, especially if you already own an iPhone. However, if you need to record sport, action, and underwater videos, then GoPro would be a better choice because it’s designed for that.

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Personally, I use both my iPhone camera and GoPro for travel and vlogging. GoPro is my primary camera as it is much more durable and rugged. I would recommend GoPro over iPhone for documenting all kinds of adventures – more so – if you don’t have the latest model of iPhone! However, if you don’t have the latest GoPro Hero 11 Black, iPhone 14 is a great choice for selfie photos and vlogs as you can see your face on the screen while recording.

The GoPro is way more versatile as compared to the iPhone, especially for traveling and action… And it goes underwater too!

 

 

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